Hudson mayor supports review of traffic stop involving Wisconsin judge

January 10, 2019 07:09 PM

The mayor of Hudson, Wisconsin says he supports a review of the traffic stop involving city officers and a longtime judge who was well over the legal limit, but was not arrested.

On Wednesday, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS aired its investigation of longtime St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell, who was pulled over in Hudson last month.

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Officers said he smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, failed a one-leg stand and blew a .129.

RELATED: Wisconsin judge not arrested after blowing over legal limit

He was caught on police body camera asking for special treatment not once, but twice.

"You can tell I'm not bad at all, you can tell that," he said to the officers. "So, just give me one police courtesy one time in my whole career. If you want to ride with me home, fine."

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The officers chose not to arrest him. Instead, they allowed him to call for a ride.

"It may not look right. It may look like favoritism, but I don't think it was personally," Hudson Mayor Rich O'Connor said. "Until I hear something different, I hate to say it given the circumstances, but I think the officer acted appropriately."

But O'Connor also believes the case should still be reviewed.

"My initial reaction is we need to look into this, we need to ask the right questions," he said. "When you get someone like that, high profile (who) gets let go, you need to ask the right questions."

District Attorney Michael Neiskes confirmed to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that his office has decided to have the traffic stop reviewed by another jurisdiction.

RELATED: Records show Wisconsin judge was under investigation for harassment when he abruptly resigned

Neiskes wants to know whether any special treatment was given and whether the judge can still be charged.

O'Connor supports the move.

"I think it would be appropriate to review it... people in the community want to make sure the standard is applied evenly across the board," he said. "I think it is worthy of review. Absolutely."
 

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